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Decades of poorly regulated arms flows into Iraq as well lax controls on the ground have provided the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) with a large and lethal arsenal, says a new report from Amnesty International.
Campaign Against Arms Trade has called on the UK government to stop promoting arms sales to oppressive regimes and end its policy of "arms control by embarrassment."
Churches have an important role to play in the lead-up to negotiations of a global treaty in 2012 to regulate the conventional arms trade.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has condemned the US decision to site interceptor missiles at the Deveselu air base in Romania.
The US government's plans to give every State a veto over a crucial arms trade treaty must be rejected by the British government, Oxfam and Amnesty International UK have said.
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Christian Aid has issued a statement from its Chair, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
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